Holiday shopping in Maine’s Lake Region is a chance to discover new and unique shops offering hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans. Wandering the aisles of a “new-to-you” store is like a treasure hunt. Around any corner you might uncover the perfect gift for someone on your list.
“One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present.” – Author Unknown
Fortunately, a wealth of shopping opportunities surrounds us here at the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine. We’re 30 miles from Portland, a shopping mecca in its own right. Freeport, Maine, home to L.L. Bean and outlets galore, is a little over a half hour away. Add to that the quaint nearby village of Norway, with its artisan guild, vintage book stores, and galleries, and you’ll have a hard time deciding where to start.
Holiday Shopping in Maine’s Lake Region
But we’re here to help. Check out some of our favorite destinations to explore when gift shopping for our friends and family members.
Downtown Norway Maine
Spend the day along Main Street in nearby Norway, Maine, where you’ll find an abundance of unique and interesting shops to browse. From arts and crafts to clothing and accessories, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave empty-handed. Look for the signs for any of these fun storefronts.
- Tribune Books and Gifts
- Handmade Maine
- The Raven Collections
- Food for Thought
- The Dragon’s Lair
- Fiber & Vine
- Sew Orchid Design
- Vintiques of Maine
- Widdershins Antiques
- Main Street Gallery
- Matolcsy Art Center
- Pick a Lily Revival
- And the newly opened The Woods Maine
For more on this terrific shopping destination, read our blog on Norway, Maine.
If you’re an antique lover, you simply must visit The Willows. Just a 5-minute drive from the Inn, a world of treasures awaits you here. With over 250 artisans and vendors housed between 2 barns on Main Street in Mechanic Falls, you can easily spend the better part of a day meandering the aisles in search of that one-of-a-kind gem.
Read more about Maine’s largest flea market.
Take a leisurely drive through the Maine countryside to Turner, Maine, where you’ll find Nezinscot Farm. This is your destination for handmade soaps and balms, farm fresh jams and jellies, and a selection of home-spun yarns. Once you’ve paid for your goodies, stop by their café for a home-style meal and some yummy baked goods.
Read more about Nezinscot Farm.
Maine Christmas Tree Farms
Make the holidays extra special this year by bringing home an authentic Maine Christmas tree from one of the nearby farms. Choose from a selection of Balsam, Fraser, or Canaan firs to fill your home with the sweet smell of a pine forest.
Get the lowdown on Maine Christmas trees.
Your Holiday Shopping Home Base | Wolf Cove Inn
For some, holiday shopping is a pain. For others, a pleasure. But if you combine your shopping mission with a weekend or weekday getaway, you can turn it into an adventure. Take a look at some of our packages and specials for some ideas on how you can spice up your holiday shopping this year. Why not add a little romance to the weekend with our “Relax and Rejuvenate Long Weekend”? Bring a little Maine home with you with our “Experience Maine Package Special”. We have many other package options for your romantic getaway in Maine that will save you some coin this holiday season. Or purchase a gift certificate to the Wolf Cove Inn for that special someone on your list, even if that special someone is you.
The Loons of the Lake are Calling You